Fulltime RVers are always talking about shaking up the Jello; they may plan to spend a summer exploring New England but the birth of a grandchild, or mechanical problems, or just a whim of fancy may find them making a last minute change of plans and doing something entirely different.
Any fulltimer will tell you that freedom is one of the greatest things about the RV lifestyle. Not being locked into a schedule or doing anything they don’t want to do. If we don’t like the neighborhood or the neighbors, we can just turn the key and leave! It’s something Terry and I have had to get used to, having that freedom all over again. We had it our first year or so on the road but then we found ourselves locked into rally schedules and speaking gigs and such and lost it.
We have known a few fulltimers who couldn’t handle that freedom and they didn’t last long out here. One couple we knew had their entire year’s reservations, two weeks at a time, made and paid for in advance, because they needed the “security” of knowing where they would be at any given time in the next 52 weeks. And the minute they arrived at an RV park, they were busy making another reservation to add two more weeks on to the end of their schedule.
Once we were at a nice campground someplace where they were parked next to us, and we were having a grand time until it was time for them to leave and go to an RV park a hundred miles down the road. A day or two later the husband called to tell me how much they disliked the new place and how they wished they were still with us. “Well, come on back,” I told him. “We can’t, it would mess up our whole schedule,” he replied. A couple of times mechanical problems caused delays and wreaked total havoc on their schedule because they wouldn’t just go to the next place and stay eight or nine days or whatever was left on their reservation. No, they had to spend days changing each and every reservation to get back their two weeks at a place schedule! They were only on the road a year or so when the stress got to be too much and they sold their motorhome and bought a house someplace.
Not all of our Jello shaking is done long term. Just yesterday Terry and I did some shaking. We had planned to drive down to Tampa for the RV show but woke up to a cold, ugly, windy day. We looked at each other and said “Naaa!”
It may not have been a good day for running around, but it was a good day for writing. I wrote about 3,000 words in my new book. Bad Nick did some writing too, posting a new Bad Nick Blog titled They’re All the Same. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – The people in your life can inspire you or drain you, so choose your friends carefully.